Congressional Schedules 2013


113th Congress, 1st Session – 2013 Published Schedules

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The House and Senate schedules below are adopted from the schedules published by the House and by the Senate. In the House, a “House Recess” is also called a “district work period” or “Constituent Work Week,” when House members return to their home districts to meet with constituents. In the Senate, these home state visits are called “state work periods” and take place during “Senate recesses.”

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2013 published schedule

Senate Recess = “State work period”
2013 Holidays &
Special Events
2013 published schedule

House Recess = “Constituent Work Week” / “District work period”
January 3  Senate Convenes January 1
New Year’s Day

January 3
113th Congress, First Session, convenes (pro-forma)

January 21
Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 29
State of the Union (tentative)

January 3  House Convenes

January 7 – 11  Constituent Work Week

January 17 – 18  House Republican Issues Conference

January 28 – February 1  Constituent Work Week

February 18 – 22  State Work Period February 4
President’s Budget submission *

February 12
State of the Union

February 13
Ash Wednesday

February 18
Presidents’ Day

February 7-8  House Democratic Retreat

February 18 – 22  Constituent Work Week

March 25 – April 5  State Work Period 

April 29 – May 3  State Work Period

March 10
Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward)

March 25
Passover begins at sundown

March 29
Good Friday

March 31

March 25 – April 5  Constituent Work Week

April 29 – May 3  Constituent Work Week

May 27 – 31  State Work Period

May 27
Memorial Day
May 27 – 31  Constituent Work Week
June 14
Flag Day
July 1 – 5  State Work Period July 4
Independence Day
July 1 – 5  Constituent Work Week
August 5 – September 6  State Work Period

September 2
Labor Day

September 4
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 13
Yom Kippur begins at sundown

August 5 – September 6  Constituent Work Week

September 23 – 27  Constituent Work Week

October 14 – 18  State Work Period
 October 1
FY 2014 begins

October 14
Columbus Day

November 3
Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back)

November 5
Election Day

November 11
Veteran’s Day observed

November 28
Thanksgiving Day

October 14 – 18  Constituent Work Week

November 4 – 11  Constituent Work Week

November 25 – 29  Constituent Work Week 

TBD  Target Senate Adjournment November 27
Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 25
Christmas Day

December 13  Target House Adjournment


* The president is required by law (31 USC 1105) to submit his annual budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday in February. In a new administration, the president typically submits a placeholder document and fills in the details some weeks later. See “Submission of the President’s Budget in Transition Years,” CRS Report RS20752. Also see our course, The President’s Budget.

Sources: US Senate, US House of Representatives, and Federal Holidays from OPM.

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